Archive | November, 2012

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30 Nov

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Phineas’s Adventures Part 2

29 Nov

I think by the time Christmas comes our little elf, Phineas, will be able to write a book about all the adventures and trouble he’s gotten into at our house!

Little C has been terribly sick for 2 weeks now (if you are a prayer, send one up for my little man, would you?)  Phineas wanted to help Little C feel better, so he bought both boys a little gift and left them on the dining room table for the boys to find when they got home yesterday afternoon.

The boys were super excited to see that their thoughtful little elf had brought them something . . . but they were afraid to move him to get the gifts!  (if he get touched too much, especially by children, he will lose his magic!)  So, Mommy to the rescue, I carefully moved Phineas so the boys could open their gifts.

Both of them have been saying since the first night they met Phineas that he is so cute and they would love to snuggle him.

So Phineas went back to the North Pole early yesterday and brought back 2 snuggly elves for the boys!

I know Little C doesn’t look very enthusiastic in this photo . . . but believe me, he LOVES Slinky and they haven’t parted since his arrival!


Last night Phineas got into a bit of a pickle with the pirates from the night before.   Seems they weren’t too happy about having their ship over taken by an elf!

I hope Phineas can make amends with the pirates!

Phineas the Elf’s Adventures

27 Nov

By now if you don’t know about the Elf on the Shelf, you’ve clearly been living under a rock!  Our Elf has been here since Black Friday, and he’s been having a great time keeping an eye on the boys, and playing with their toys in his downtime.  I don’t want to bombard you all with a new Phineas story everyday, so once or twice a week I will fill you all in on what he’s been up to!

Saturday the boys were pretty sassy.  They were REALLY tired after a long weekend at the condo with their cousins, Little C still wasn’t feeling well from a nasty virus he’s had.  All around my house was a mess they were stressing me out.  Phineas must have been disappointed in their behavior as well, because this is what we found Sunday morning:

The boys were pretty upset that they’d made Phineas sad and they tried REALLY hard to get along and not drive mommy crazy for the rest of the weekend.

At one point when Big A didn’t want to pick up his toys I asked him if Phineas would want him to listen and pick up.  He went over to the easel and said, Well his message says to play!  Selective reading?

I didn’t want Phineas to be scolding them too much, or it be less fun if they were always being told to behave.  Last night Phineas met up with a good friend, Rudolph, and decided to take a little sleigh ride around the Christmas tree.  He must have been having a great time, because he stayed there all day!  Then again, the living room is a great place to keep watch on the kids!
Big A and Little C have been playing pirates a lot the past few days.  It much have inspired Phineas because I just walked into the playroom and found him having an epic pirate with Captain Bones!  There were cannon balls all around both ships, and Phineas even got into character with a hook, captain’s hat and an eye patch! 

Felt Frosty Friends

25 Nov

We got our first real snow last night here in the Arctic.  Which means from now to March it will be wicked cold and we will be spending a lot of time indoors!  We did brave the cold to play in the new snow for about an hour, but once we lost all feeling in our toes and fingers, it was time to come in for some hot cocoa and crafts!

Call me an over achiever, but we did 2 crafts today.  Each took maybe 10 minutes, with minimal prep time for Mommy.

Felty Frosty

What you need

  • felt of various colors
  • google eyes
  • pipe cleaners
  • craft pompoms
  • glue
  • scissors

I cut out the snowman shapes and accessories before I called kids over.  I made a variety of scarves, hats, mittens and little black buttons.

There really is no right or wrong here.  Give your kids some glue and accessories and let them have at it.

Here are our final Frostys.  Big A made one, I made the other.  Little C was busy with something else, but I set some goodies aside for later in case he wants to make one.










Handy Reindeer

What you need:

  • brown or tan felt
  • google eyes
  • scissors
  • red and black craft pompoms
  • glue

Have your kids trace their hand on a piece of felt and help them cut it out.

Turn it finger side down, the fingers are your reindeer’s legs and face.

Glue a red or black pompom on the end of the thumb for his nose.  Glue a google eye above the nose.

Glue a pompom on the “butt” just above the pinky finger for his tail.

We used felt for the antlers, but you could use pipe cleaners to.  I also did a pipe cleaner collar type thing on mine as well.

Hope the rest of your long weekend is great!



Phineas’s First Night

24 Nov

Our Elf, Phineas, arrived last night while we were at the condo for Thanksgiving festivities.  He brought a book, explaining his presence to the boys.  Big A and Little C were very excited to have their own little elf, although Little C REALLY wanted to snuggle Phineas and just didn’t understand why he couldn’t.

We gently placed Phineas on the fireplace mantle to watch the evening draw to an end.  Wondering if their elf would leave for the North Pole and forget his way back, the boys had a difficult time falling asleep.  At one point, Big A snuck downstairs and reported that Phineas was playing trains!

Looks like Phineas was having a great time playing before he had to report back to the boss!

When the kids woke up this morning, they ran to the train, but Phineas wasn’t there anymore!  Big A was pretty concerned that his elf had forgotten to come back . . . but after searching the condo high and low, they finally found Phineas, zonked out in the guest bedroom.

He’d even found a little monkey friend to snuggle!  I told the kids they’d better let him sleep . . . he’d had a busy day traveling back and forth from the North Pole.

As we were packing up to head home later, the boys noticed that Phineas’s bed was empty!  Where was that little elf now?

Seems he had snuck back downstairs and hopped into our suitcase!  He even had a little note that said “Don’t forget me!”

As soon as we got home, we placed Phineas on our fireplace mantle so he could watch us play . . . and argue.  Big A and Little C had a lot of fun and excitement this weekend and are quite tired!  I sure hope Phineas understands that they cannot be on their best behavior all the time!

**Just to let you know, our elf is not an over achiever, and will generally only hide and play once a day.  But this being his first day with the family, he was really excited!  AND he wanted to make sure the kids understood how this works.

Meet Phineas the Elf!

24 Nov

Big A has been questioning the magic of Christmas lately.  Some kids have been telling him that the magic isn’t real, that Santa isn’t real!  Did you know that if you don’t believe in Santa, you get underpants for Christmas?  Yup, it’s a fact.  Even I believe in Santa!

We traveled up the condo for Thanksgiving with family, and tonight after the boys got out of the tub, we heard a knocking on the door.  At first we thought it was just the wind, but then it happened again!

Big A and Little went to investigate, and what did they find?  A book, a letter AND a little elf from the North Pole!

I guess this little guy, whom the boys have named Phineas, was sent by Santa to help remind the boys to be good, and to help them see that the magic is real after all.

I will keep you all posted as we count down to Christmas, and enjoy Phinneas’s company.  Maybe he will make us laugh, play together and enjoy the season just a little bit more!

Dollar Store Wreath

20 Nov

First, I have to apologize in advance.  From now until approximately  New Years Eve, all I will be blogging is Christmas and Winter crafts.  This is because there are SO many awesome projects this time of year!  My kids love making holiday decorations, making gifts . . . and let’s face it: we can’t get outside as much during the Winter months here in the Arctic.


What you need:

  • pool noodle
  • sharp knife
  • 2-3 15 foot long garlands
  • wide wired ribbon
  • hot glue gun
  • ornaments
  • pre-made bow unless you are cool and can make a pretty bow, which I cannot


Before I get into the how-to, I need to point out the title “Dollar Store Wreath”.  Everything I used to make this wreath came from the dollar store.  This is because A- I was at the Dollar Store and decided to make a wreath.  B-I’m cheap.  And C-The holidays are expensive enough without spending a fortune on decorations, or even on the supplies to make them yourself.

Take your pool noodle and cut it in half the long way.  This is a royal pain in the ass and very messy, so do not decide to do it on your living room floor like I did.  Also, I used a box cutter, which is why it was a pain in the ass.  If you use a longer kitchen knife you won’t have to keep going back and recutting.  So, big knife, less time and less of a pain.  Just be careful.

Depending on how large you want your wreath to be, you can cut the noodle or leave it full length.  Mine was going to hang on the front door, and I wanted it big, so I left it fell length.

Bend the noodle into a circle and hot glue the ends together.  Hold them in place for about 30 seconds to a minute until the glue has dried.  Otherwise it’s just going to sproy-oy-oy-oing back to it’s original shape.  (sorry, Little C has been sick so we’ve been watching a ton of cartoons.  Hence the cartoon-like sound effect)

Now you start wrapping the garland around the pool noodle.  I used a wired garland, but you really can use any kind you want, even the shiny tinsel garland would work.  Hot glue the end to the noodle and wrap, not too tightly, but not so loose that it flops around or shows noodle.  (wow, get your head outta the gutter people!)

Once you have all your garland wrapped and ends are glued down, give it a good fluff so it looks more natural.  Now you can start Total with the ribbon, wrapping it loosely around the garland.  The wired stuff is a little better because you can form it to the wreath.  I didn’t glue the ends of the ribbon down, I just tucked them into the garland.

For the ornaments, I glued them so they looked like balls, with the hook holder part hiding in the garland.  If you want that ornament look, then glue them with the tops out.

The last thing to do is glue on your bow. Like I said earlier, I SUCK at bows, so mine was premade.

  • pool noodle $0 (I had one in the attic)
  • 3 15ft garlands $3
  • 2 tubes of 12 ornaments $2
  • Spool of ribbon $1
  • premade bow $1

Total cost= $7!  Now that’s what I call a Christmas miracle!